Living in the Age of Anger

Representing ‘Negative Solidarities’ in Contemporary Global Culture: An Introductory Note

  • Rossella Ciocca University of Naples L’Orientale
  • Sabita Manian University of Lynchburg
Keywords: anger, Hanna Arendt, mimetic desire, negative solidarities, rage, scapegoat


Our Special Issue on Mishra’s Age of Anger and its thematic corollary of Arendt’s concept of ‘negative solidarities’ leaves the reader with multiple perspectives through several disciplinary lenses of examining the causes and consequences of the inflection points that have led to liberal democracies’ trend to populism and autocracy. These literary, historical, philosophical, political, sociological, and socioeconomic examinations lay the groundwork for self-examination not only at national and global levels but also on a personal and individual level.

Author Biographies

Rossella Ciocca, University of Naples L’Orientale

Rossella Ciocca is Professor of English and Anglophone Literatures and Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Literary, Linguistic and Comparative Studies at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. She has authored volumes, essays and translations on the Shakespearean Canon. Her more recent research interests include South Asian, Diasporic and Indian Literatures. Her published works include volumes and essays on contemporary South Asian writers, Shakespearean appropriations in the Indian Subcontinent, the Partition of India, the city of Mumbai’s fiction, sustainability and ecocriticism in the Global South. Recently she has co-edited Adivasi Histories, Stories, Visual Arts and Performances (Anglistica AION An Interdisciplinary Journal, 19.1, 2015); the  volume Indian Literature and The World (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017) and Millennium’s Children. New Trends in South-Asian Postmillennial Anglophone Literature (Textus, XXXIII, 3, 2020).

Sabita Manian, University of Lynchburg

Dr. Sabita Manian, PhD, is Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of International Relations and Security Studies at the University of Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the recipient of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award (SCHEV Award), the Shirley Rosser Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Thomas Allen Award for Excellence in Advising. Dr. Manian is co-author of Sex Trafficking: A Global Perspective (2010) and has authored dozens of journal articles, book chapters, academic papers and public lectures on identity politics, security and gender politics, ethnic and immigration politics relating to Asia, the Americas, and the Mideast. She has presented academic papers nationally and internationally in Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Belgium, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, India, Italy, Morocco and the UK.